Composite Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most requested types of dentistry. Everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with naturally attractive teeth. Decay, smoking, and other lifestyle factors, as well as genetic influences, all play a part in the development and appearance of our teeth.

Some cosmetic flaws are due to trauma, like chipped teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dental procedures, like composite bonding, can fix chips, as well as transform the look of teeth and help us to feel attractive and confident. Dr. Alex Afsafi at Today's Family Dental in Tampa, FL offers composite bonding for patients with mishappen, chipped, or stained teeth.

What is composite bonding?

Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental treatment that uses tooth-colored resin to repair and improve the appearance of teeth. The resin can cover cracks and fractures, restore chips, and cover discoloration.

How is it composite bonding applied?

A small amount of the tooth may need to be removed for the resin to be applied, but this is a fast process and will typically be carried out while the patient is anesthetized.
Composite resin is then pasted on to the teeth and then shaped and moulded to cover any damage or imperfections. The resin is then cured using a special light, which causes it to harden and become firmly bonded to your natural teeth. Your teeth are then thoroughly polished to give them a great finish.
Once in place, the teeth look natural and much more aesthetically pleasing.

What are the advantages of composite bonding?

Composite bonding has a number of advantages over other restorative treatments. These include:
  • Composite bonding is a non-invasive treatment option, making it much more straightforward than many other cosmetic procedures.
  • Composite bonding is extremely durable.
  • It is also easily repaired if it does become chipped or damaged in any way.
  • It creates a natural-looking smile.
  • Composite bonding can usually be completed in just one appointment.

How is composite bonding different from porcelain veneers?

A common misconception is that porcelain veneers and composite bonding are one and the same treatment. However, they are quite different. Porcelain veneers require substantial filing-down of the enamel on the teeth, after which custom-created individual coverings for each tooth are applied using a special adhesive. These coverings are thin, can be made in any color, and help to create a smile that is brighter and more uniform in shape and size.

Candidacy for composite bonding

If you are interested in improving your smile using composite bonding, you will need to attend a comprehensive consultation appointment with Dr. Alex Afsahi.

This will include a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth, as well as finding out more about your dental and general health. However, composite bonding is a low-risk procedure meaning that the majority of candidates are suitable.

Composite bonding may be the right cosmetic solution for you if you have:
  • Bridgework that is worn or broken
  • Broken, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Twisted or crooked teeth
  • Uneven teeth
Dr. Alex Afsahi is knowledgeable and experienced in providing high quality cosmetic dental procedures and aftercare to patients in Tampa, FL. To know more about how composite bonding can transform your smile and self-confidence, please get in touch with our friendly team here at Today’s Family Dental at 813-370-1700.